I just bought Love Your Leftovers: Through Savvy Meal Planning Turn Classic Main Dishes into More than 100 Delicious Recipes, which looks very promising. Nick Evans writes the food blog Macheesmo. The book gives you some great recipes you can fix when you have more time (like roasting chicken, black beans, baked potatoes, salmon) and then gives you a bunch of different recipes for using the leftovers in different formats.
I got this midweek and then my refrigerator died and I had to throw out just about everything. That was not very frugal. On the other hand, since the ice melted and leaked all over it made cleaning the inside of the freezer very easy. So I now have a nearly empty freezer and thought I can restart with menu plans rather than winging it like I’ve been doing. There are some recipes in here I’m definitely going to be trying. But in the meantime, I just started with his house salad dressing, which is fantastic even though I didn’t have the tarragon vinegar he calls for. I used apple cider vinegar instead and loved it. I will look for the tarragon vinegar at the grocery store.
Macheesmo's House Dressing
- 1/2 cup oil (something neutral like canola)
- 1/4 cup tarragon vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- Shake all the ingredients together in a jar with a lid.
Updated to add: I found the tarragon vinegar and it adds a really nice note! Only one grocery store in my town carries it though.
I used iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, sliced celery and a little radicchio.